26 March 2015

Faux Fur Backpack

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When faux-fur backpacks first came under my radar it quickly became an item which was put to the top of my "d.i.y wish list". There is something I find so nostalgic about owning a furry backpack. In fact I think "Clueless" might have had an influence on this, as I have been known to obsess over that backpack, whenever I watch the film.  Another new d.i.y that I can tick off my endlessly long "wish list" is this candy stripe skirt, which was inspired by the urge to add more 'pink' to my wardrobe, because you can never have too much in my eyes. I am extremely tempted to make a top to go with it, to a form a 'candy-strip co-ord'. All I can say is let the endless supply of pink clothing commence, because I am seriously addicted to the stuff.

Roll Neck Jumper - M&S | Skirt - D.I.Y | Backpack - D.I.Y | Boots - Primark | Sunglasses - Rayban Clubmasters | Scarf - D.I.Y 
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24 March 2015

The Beauty Brief: How to Contour

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Contouring is one of those beauty steps which I never seem to miss-out, as with the help of just a couple of key products your face can be instantly transformed into 'model-esque' definition.  This trend is huge, with it frequently being seen on the likes of Kim Kardashian (the queen of contouring) and Beyonce, and the best part is that it can easily be created at home.

So with that in mind I thought I would share with you how I contour my own face, using two of favourite products from Mac at The House of Fraser-a go to destination for online make-up shopping. I am by no means an expert, I just thought I would share with you my approach to the trend.
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What you will need:
Mac Matte Powder Blush in "Prism" (link)*-contour
Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in "Soft and Gentle" (link)*-highlight
Real Techniques Contour Brush (part of the core collection)
Real Techniques Stippling Brush
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For me when it comes to choosing a product to use for the 'contour' I have found the most effective ones are matt as they create a 'natural' looking shadow without the need for shimmer. "Prism" by Mac is perfect for my fair skin, as I found that it doesn't appear orange or "muddy" when I apply it to my face, which a lot of bronzers can be.

So with my 'contour brush' I suck my cheeks in-hello 'fish face' and sweep the colour along the hollows of my cheekbones, blending from the ear downwards. For me the best way to do this is start with a light amount of colour and gradually build it up, to you desired about of 'definition'.

I then sweep the colour along the sides of nose and take it down along my jawline, to define the rest of face. If I didn't have a fringe I would additionally apply some colour along my temples, to add more of a 'sun kissed' glow. With the contouring done I always take the time to blend the product into my skin, using a stippling brush, to tone down any harsh edges and therefore make it appear more 'natural'.

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Now for the 'highlight', from my research the key to highlighting is to use a product which is either slightly lighter than your skin or a skinned tone shimmer. Highlighting is all about adding the product to the areas of the face where the light 'naturally' hits, this includes the bridge of your nose, tops of cheekbones, cupids bow, inner corners of your eyes, brow bone and centre of your face (between eyebrows). For me the product I love to use is Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle, which is a beautiful rose-gold toned shade, that works well as a natural highlight to your face due to its golden tone. I proceed to apply a small amount of this to the bridge of my nose, tops of my cheekbones and the inner corners of my eyes, to subtly highlight my face without looking like a full-blown disco ball.
So there you have it a simple guide to contouring your face using just two products!

20 March 2015

Like Clockwork...


Just a quick one from me today, as I am currently up to my eyes in pink fluffy fabric-no joke, for a current d.i.y. project I'm work on. Speaking of the fluffy stuff, after cutting up one of my jumpers and adding the fabric to the edge of the skirt (see the outfit here), I give you the remaining 'vest' from said jumper.  I have been meaning to wear this for ages but have never got around to showcasing it on the blog, until now that is. I decided to pair it with a black faux leather skirt-to act as a strong contrast to the purple. My oversized pink coat (for warmth), and a beret because when it doubt pop a beret on your head and you instantly feel like you should be in Paris.  A girl can only dream...

P.S For my FMP Uni project I have chosen the topic of "21st Century Feminism" and what is means to be a feminist today? I have therefore created a questionnaire to find out peoples thoughts surrounding the topic, which (if you could spare a minute) I would really appreciate if you could please fill it out for me (link here)! As your thoughts will be invaluable for my project! Thank you in advance if you do :)

Coat - Primark | Fluffy Top - DIY | Skirt - H&M | Scarf - DIY | Beret - eBay | Bag - Vintage | Boots - Dr.Martens (link)

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16 March 2015

The Beauty Review: Jerome Russell Pink Colour Toner

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Jerome Russell Pink Colour Toner (link)*
Ever since dyeing my hair pink I've been on the look out for products to 'maintain' and refresh the colour, without using a full-blown hair dye. So when the lovely people over at Jerome Russell (the no.1 blinding brand) contacted me to see whether I would like to give their "Maximum Colour Toner in Pink" a whirl I couldn't be more intrigued, to test it out.  

The instructions state that it works best on pre-lightened/blonde hair, now as mine is already dyed I carried out both a skin test (essential) and a strand test to see what colour it would turn out, but also to find out how long to leave the colour on to develop. On the box it says to leave it on for a maximum of 30 minutes, so I did just that. Popped on a plastic cap and applied heat (via hair dyer) for 5 minutes, and left it to work its *candy floss* magic... 

I honestly found the product easy to use with a tint brush, to ensure I achieved an even application which I then massaged into my scalp and through to the ends of my hair. Formula wise it has a medium-thick consistency, that isn't extremely runny therefore not splashing everywhere. Although, like if I was to use any other hair dye, newspaper is recommended to save your bathroom floor (and cleaning up).  

Now the real test is the before and after (see photo below),  in the photo there is a slight difference in the colour. However in real life I have found the colour it is a lot more vibrant and evenly toned, I have found it has counteracted some of the orange tones in my hair with more of a blue toned pink. In fact I have found that it has worked best on the ends of my hair (the most absorbent and damaged), as they are a lot more pinker than before, and have a 'candy floss' hue to them-which I love!  It has also made my hair really shiny, and glossy which is a huge plus.  Overall I am happy with how the product has enhanced my pink-ness and added shine to my locks, in just 30 minutes! Be sure to check out their website (link), to see if there are any products that take your fancy.

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4 March 2015

Heart Print Co-ord

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When I first came across this heart print 'fleece' fabric in my local fabric store I immediately feel in love with its Lolita like charm, and quickly envisioned a co-ord consisting of a high neckline top (edged with faux fur trimming) and matching skater skirt. With that in mind I decided to quickly snap up the fabric and all fur trimmings on hand, to create said item.
Despite the faux fur trimmings not yet being seen (in the photos) I am waiting for that warm, sunny day to show you all the co-ord in all of its (fluffy) heart printed its glory.  As the day was a lot cooler I decided to pair it with that metallic space jacket (of my dreams), a freshly created pair of pink pom pom earrings (I'm obsessed), and with the left over faux fur fabric I decided to create a scarf-pink of course. All I can say is that I'm currently on a d.i.y roll and I don't think I'm stopping anytime soon, so expect to see more creations gracing the blog in the near future...

Coat - Yumi Direct (link)* | Co-ord - DIY | Pom Pom Earrings - DIY | Boots - Topshop | Backpack - Vintage  | Scarf - DIY
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2 March 2015

The Beauty Review: Max Factor Creme Puff Blush & Masterpiece Glamour Extensions Mascara

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If there is one thing that I love about the spring season is seeing all the trends that you saw a glimpse of last September finally come into play, whether that is on the streets, in the shops or through make-up and beauty. One that particularly caught my eye was the new 'way to wear blusher' trend seen on the likes of Roberto Cavalli SS15, this modern approach was all about 'colour contouring' your face adding a luxurious glow to your skin. With that in mind (and with the help of Max Factor) I thought I'd share with you my approach to the look, which I have also paired with the 'high impact lip' trend as I have been loving' sporting a statement lip on the occasion.

The products I have used to 're-create' the look include:
Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Foundation in "Fresh Alabster" (link) 
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in "Fair" (link)
Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in "Translucent" (link)
Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in "Nude Mauve" (link)*
Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in "Black" (link)
Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Waterprood Kohl Eyeliner in "Black" (link)
Max Factor Masterpiece Glamour Extensions Mascara in "Black" (link)*
Avon Ultra Colour Absolute Lipstick in "Smooth Plum" (link)

Brushes
Real Techniques Stippling Brush (foundation, concealer and to blend) (link)
Real Techniques Contour Brush (blusher) (link)
Eco Tools Domes Bronzer Brush (powder) (link)

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I started off with my base consisting of foundation, concealer and powder. These products are what I call my 'holy-grail', as I have been using them for years and never quite see myself stray away from them as they have amazing lasting power and full-coverage. I apply the foundation with my stippling brush as I find the brush blends the product into my skin beautifully well,  in addition to building up the coverage of the product seamlessly. I also use this brush to blend in my concealer, which is then topped off with a cult favourite powder that keeps shine at bay from my skin.

For the eyes I opt for a 'signature' winged liner look (recap on how I achieve it here) using Rimmel London's Liquid eyeliner, with my waterline lined with their kohl eyeliner. Topped with the newly launched Max Factor Masterpiece Glamour Extensions Mascara in "Black" (link)*, which is genuinely an amazing mascara as it adds length and defines my lashes (clump-free) but stays flake and smudge free throughout the day. Plus it has incredibly staying power but isn't a pain to remove *score*. I can safely say it is fast becoming a 'staple' in my make-up look.
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Now for the blush, I am using the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in "Nude Mauve" (link)*  another new launch from the brand, which again doesn't disappoint. This blush is key to creating the "Roberto Cavalli" look, as it is in fact the product they used for the show by make-up maestro Pat McGrath.

To achieve the 'colour-contouring' technique it is a key that apply the blush in circular motions to prominent features of your face, including sweeping the colour across your cheekbones, brow bones and along the neck creating a "halo-type" glow. As I typically opt for a bronze contour for my everyday make-up, I was intrigued about whether I would be persuaded to use a blush instead. So when I followed these steps I was amazed at the results, as the colour adds a natural glow and soft highlighting effect around my face. Despite being a powder blush, the formula is extremely soft and creamy especially as the colour adds a touch of warmth to my fair complexion, as well as not going 'patchy' throughout the day.
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Finally I finish off the look with that statement lip in this gorgeous plum purple shade from Avon. I have to admit I hardly ever wear lipstick (pure lazy-ness) however when I do this has seemed to be the one which I go for. The formula adds a slight sheen to your lips, but offers maximum impact with it being highly pigmented. Lasting power wise a base lip stain/liner is essential, as like most lipsticks they can wear off throughout the day. For this look in particular the 'high impact lip' trend was all about adding a softness to the colour, by blotting around the edges adding to the 'worn-in' effect that has been seen frequently on the catwalk. So I took a piece of tissue and blotted it around the edges, to soften harsh lines of the look.
Let me know whether you'll be wearing any of these trends this season, or your favourite so far!
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